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Palestinians from Europe among Gaza Freedom March delegates

Dec. 9, 2009 9:52 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 10, 2009 2:27 P.M.)
Brussels – Ma’an – Palestinian members of the Council of Europe will participate in the Gaza Freedom March, which is scheduled to enter the Gaza Strip on 31 December, in an attempt to break the crippling siege imposed on the Strip for three consecutive years. The march will coincide with the first anniversary of the Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip.

Secretary-general of Palestinians in the Council of Europe, Adel Abdullah said, “A large delegation representing the council from Britain, Austria, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, and Ireland will join the Gaza Freedom March.”

“Suffering in the besieged Gaza Strip is increasing day after day, particularly after the Israeli military offensive which destroyed all infrastructures and thousands of homeless people are living in tents during the winter.”

Abdullah explained that the participation of Palestinians living in Europe sends three particular messages: The first is to Europe and the world informing them that Palestinians will not abandon their people in Gaza; the second is for the people in Gaza, telling them that Palestinians in Europe stand by them; and the third message is for Israel, “the free world won’t remain silent towards their criminal acts against humanity,” he said.

For his part, Amin Abu Rashid, who is heading the delegation of the Palestinians in Europe to the Gaza Freedom March, pointed out that the siege on Gaza is genocide: “The basic charter of the International Criminal Court defines genocide as any behavior that imposes certain life conditions on a group of people leading to the destruction of their lives partially or completely,” he explained.

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